He began his career as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Over the years he steadily promoted and in 1997, Parks became the Chief of Police. In 2003, Chief Parks walked across Los Angeles Street to City Hall where he represented the 8th District for the next 12 years. Because of term limits, Parks will have to leave office in July.
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In today's interview, Parks talks about the Ezell Ford officer-involved-shooting and the consequences of the Police Commission's finding this week that one of the officers used deadly force appropriately and the other officer did not. Parks disagrees with the warning from the police officers' union, The Los Angeles Police Protective League, that officers will work less aggressively, fearing that the city will not back them if they have to use deadly force in order to protect their own lives.
Park's website is at www.bernardparks.com. He is on Twitter at @bernardcparks.
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